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John 19:28-30

John 19:28–30 (ESV): "28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), "I thirst." 29 A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth. 30 When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, "It is finished," and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit."

The three greatest words in all the world, "It is finished!"  Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe, sin has left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow!

As Jesus came near to death He thirsted.  It is a common feeling for those who are poor and needy.  It was the final stage of humility for Jesus where He "who knew no sin became sin that we might become the righteousness of God"(2 Cor 5:21).  Jesus was experiencing a real life spiritual thirst as the final step in the redemption process.  He knew at this point that His job was done and the wrath of God would now be fully satisfied in His death.  The drink given was a second drink offered, a diluted wine not the drug ladened drink offered to Him earlier while on the cross.  The hyssop would remind the Jews of the Passover for they sued it as a paint brush to mark the door post and lintel with the blood of the lamb.  Having drank He declares TETELESTAI - IT IS FINISHED!  Jesus had completed the task and thus He gave up His life.

There is nothing left to be accomplished for you.  Jesus paid it all.Your debt was satisfied upon the cross.  It's by faith our account is settled and it's by faith that we must continue to walk in the finished work of Jesus Christ.  Don't ever let the enemy deceive you into thinking you need to do more for salvation, Jesus satisfied the wrath of God with His own blood.  It is finished for you, praise Him for what He has done.

Father we can't express enough how incredibly grateful we are that our debt has been settled before You through the sacrificial offering of Your Son.  His blood was spilt so we could be redeemed.  We rest securely in the finished work of Jesus Christ.  Let us never attempt to add to what He is done, only further trust in it we pray in Jesus name, amen. 

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